Did Stupid Liquor Laws Really Put Knoxville, Tennesee’s Valarium Out of Business?

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Last week,
I blogged a story about a Knoxville, Tennessee music venue
called The Valarium. Its owners claimed they were shutting down in
part because of state liquor laws. From the owners’ letter on the

Due to new rule changes from the TN Alcoholic Beverage
Commission concerning the minimum percentage of food an
establishment must sell in relation to its gross sales, our venues
will be closing…. Since we cannot meet their requirements, we
will relinquish and not renew our ABC license when it expires
November 24th, 2012.

In response to my post, a reporter at an area alt-weekly, the
Metro Pulse, got in touch with me offering information that
complicates the owners’ version of events:

Sorry, Mr. Gillespie, although Tennessee’s alcohol laws are
quite insane and restrictive, they actually had nothing to do with
the Valarium closing.
I actually did the research, instead of just taking a club owner
at his word, and it turns out the laws he mentions went into effect
in 2010 and are actually LESS restrictive than the ones in place
before then. ;See my blog post here:


And article here:


You might want to throw up a correction.
Cari Gervin

I’m happy to throw up a correction for failing to explore more
fully the larger context of the club’s difficulties.
And I’m also always happy to shed light on regulations that
“insane and restrictive,” even when they are not the immediate
cause of a business’s demise.

The Metro Pulse reports ;now that a “local tiki
entrepreneur” in Knoxville has taken over the space and has already
booked two acts in the space.

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Did Stupid Liquor Laws Really Put Knoxville, Tennesee’s Valarium Out of Business?

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